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Nelson – Gosh! Exclusive Bookplate Edition + BOOK LAUNCH

Sorry to say this bookplate edition is now SOLD OUT. There are plenty of unsigned copies available.

This November, a 54-strong army of British comics creators launch Nelson, an experimental, collaborative, biography of a girl called Nel.

London, 1968. A daughter is born to Jim and Rita Baker. Her name is Nel. This is her story, told in yearly snapshots. Each chapter records the events of a single day, weaving one continuous ribbon of pictures and text that takes us on a 43- year journey from Nel Baker’s birth to 2011.

The cream of the UK comics community each take a day in her life, beginning with her birth in 1968, and wing their way through her biography in a sort of art relay race, making it up as they go along, much like the surrealists’ exquisite corpse. “The idea came from wanting to do something that reflected the variety and talent in UK comics and also do something unique with the anthology format that created a genuine cover-to-cover read,” said editor Rob Davis (Don Quixote). “The core Nelson idea of using an anthology format to tell a complete story is something I’ve wanted to do for years, it comes from a love of the British anthology titles I grew up with and a novelistic ambition to make all the stories connect.”

Everyone is involved in this unprecedented experiment helmed by Davis and his co-editor Woodrow Phoenix (Rumble Strip). There are people from The Beano, The Dandy, MAD Magazine, children’s books, indie and small press comics, webcomics, 2000AD, Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse. Just look at this list:

Paul Grist, Rob Davis, Woodrow Phoenix, Ellen Lindner, Jamie Smart, Gary Northfield, Sarah McIntyre, Suzy Varty, Sean Longcroft, Warwick Johnson–Cadwell, Luke Pearson, Paul Harrison–Davies, Katie Green, Paul Peart–Smith, Glyn Dillon, I.N.J.Culbard, John Allison, Philip Bond, D’Israeli, Simone Lia, Darryl Cunningham, Jonathan Edwards, Ade Salmon, Kate Charlesworth, Warren Pleece, Kristyna Baczynski, HarveyJames, Rian Hughes, Sean Phillips & Pete Doree, Kate Brown, Simon Gane, Jon McNaught, Adam Cadwell, Faz Choudhury, JAKe, Jeremy Day, Dan McDaid, Roger Langridge, Will Morris, Dave Shelton, Carol Swain, Hunt Emerson, Duncan Fegredo, Philippa Rice, Josceline Fenton, Garen Ewing, Tom Humberstone , Dan Berry,Alice Duke, Posy Simmonds, Laura Howell, Andi Watson, and Dave Taylor.

To celebrate the release of this ambitious project from Blank Slate featuring dozens of Gosh! favourites, we’re letting them loose in the shop with pens and paint. They’ll be making their mark on our windows over the space of five days (20th – 25th of November), mirroring the relay race that led to the book’s birth. And when they’re done, we’ll toast their mighty efforts.



Signing, Exhibition Opening and Launch Party

25th November

Events kick off at 6pm with a signing

line-up includes:

Roger Langridge, Rian Hughes, Sarah McIntyre, Woodrow Phoenix, Rob Davis

and a host of other Nelsonists.

We’ll have Gosh! Exclusive Bookplate Editions available on the night featuring art by Frank Quitely (Batman & Robin) signed and numbered by the man himself. It’s limited to just 200 copies so if you’d like one send an email to us at info@goshlondon.com and we’ll sort out the rest. It costs no more than the cover price of £18.99, and all proceeds on the book go to Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity, a very good thing indeed. If you’d like to arrange a mail order we can do that too: it’s a flat-rate of £5 anywhere in the UK (elsewhere depends on weight).

13 Responses to “Nelson – Gosh! Exclusive Bookplate Edition + BOOK LAUNCH”

  1. [...] November 2011, 6PM onwards: Gosh! 1 Berwick Street, London, W1F [...]

  2. [...] I always liked this one a lot. Blank Slate books are gearing up for the release of Nelson here at Gosh! and anyone would think they could rest on their laurels for a bit. Not only are they responsible [...]

  3. [...] 25: Nelson launch party, signing and art show. Exclusive Gosh! Bookplate Edition by Frank Quitely available on the [...]

  4. [...] got two more things happening before the month is out: a couple of Germans, a book launch party, and another book launch. You should come. One of the books we’re throwing a party for is [...]

  5. [...] 25: Nelson launch party, signing and art show. Exclusive Gosh! Bookplate Edition by Frank Quitely available on the [...]

  6. [...] 25: Nelson launch party, signing and art show. Exclusive Gosh! Bookplate Edition by Frank Quitely available on the [...]

  7. [...] 25: Nelson launch party, signing and art show. Exclusive Gosh! Bookplate Edition by Frank Quitely available on the [...]

  8. [...] Sarah took dozens of beautiful photos as the art was taking shape and I’ve stolen them wholesale. Head over to her Tumblr to see the one or two I missed, where you’ll also see a photo of the special Hellraisers wrapping paper that you get FREE! with any purchase of JAKe’s excellent biography of that bunch of famous drunkards (signed copies in the shop, naturally). All of this window-doodling will be finished by Friday night, when a host of Nelsonists join us at the shop for a launch party. Events kick off at 6pm and you can find all the details here. [...]

  9. [...] knitted Nel will be auctioned at the Nelson launch party at Gosh Comics this Friday 25th November from 6pm. I’ll be there, as will dozens of Nelson creators and a [...]

  10. [...] Nelson night will soon be upon us and in the likely event you have been standing in a windtunnel of news re: The Book Of The Moment I thought I’d do a little round-up of the most important bits so you’re ready for the launch party on Friday. It’s a party primer. READY? Let’s go: [...]

  11. [...] The other big comics news this week is of course the release of Nelson, the ambitious comics anthology/exquisite corpse story told by over 50 of the UK’s best comics creators, with all profits going to homeless charity Shelter. (You may remember I made some fan art of the cover.) I’ve been looking forward to this one for months, not just because loads of my friends are involved or because it’s for a good cause, but because everything I’ve seen of it speaks to the dedication and creative brilliance of the people involved. I’m very excited be getting my hands on a copy tomorrow, courtesy of Alison at Space In Text. (I will be buying a copy as well. I just haven’t decided whether to pick up a hardcover from the Blank Slate table at Comiket on Saturday, or one of the Frank Quitely bookplate softcovers from the Nelson launch/signing at Gosh Comics.) [...]

  12. [...] more though – as we’ve mentioned here before the fine London comics emporium Gosh is hosting a Nelson night on Friday 25th, with Sarah McIntyre, Rian Hughes, Rob Davis, Woodrow [...]

  13. [...] what’s that…. a special exclusive Frank Quitely GOSH bookplate….. that would be this [...]

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